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Oral history interview with Robert Ricker

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.51.103 | RG Number: RG-50.759.0103

Robert Ricker discusses his experiences during WWII when, in 1945, he was a 24-year-old Master Sergeant, assigned to the 433rd Signal Corps, attached to the 9th Air Force; being drafted in 1942 and fighting from Normandy through France; the order for his unit to go to Buchenwald concentration camp; staying in the camp for about half an hour; having vague memories of his time in the camp; taking pictures of the camp; seeing stacks of bodies near big gas burners and some more bodies lying around inside of the camp; seeing former inmates who looked like walking skeletons; not looking inside the barracks nor speaking to any of the inmates; being shocked and angry about what he saw in the camp; having some difficulties adjusting to life after his discharge; occasionally having nightmares; not talking about his experiences much; showing his pictures of the camp to other people; and his regret that many people do not know what happened during the war.


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Interviewee
Robert Ricker
Interviewer
Mary Cook
Nita Howton
Date
interview:  1994 May 21
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette : analog.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mary Cook and Nita Howton
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-27 12:50:58
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